New Professors Talk
The New Professors Talk is a dynamic monthly lecture series held at the Newcastle Museum. From May 2013 our University's new professors have presented to our community, sharing their knowledge and expertise as leading commentators and thinkers.
We have been thrilled with how our new professors have been received by you, by the Newcastle community, and hope you have enjoyed learning about the contributions these people have made in their fields, and how their work has improved our understanding of some of the world's most pressing issues. You can view a video of their lectures and read more about our professors below.
We look forward to bringing you the New Professors Talk 2014 series.
22 May 2013
Professor Sandeep Gopalan - Dean of Newcastle Law School
Are CEOs and others who commit white-collar crimes punished insufficiently?
Professor Sandeep Gopalan, a Rhodes Scholar with qualifications from Oxford and the National Law School of India, was recently appointed Dean of the Newcastle Law School. A former investment banker on Wall Street and a lawyer in California, Professor Gopalan joined the University from Dublin, Ireland, where he was Head of Law at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
26 June 2013
Professor Darryl Knight - Head of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
The promise of stem cells in the treatment of chronic lung diseases: is it all just hot air?
Professor Darryl Knight, recently appointed as Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, completed postdoctoral training at the University of British Columbia after taking a PhD at The University of Western Australia.
Professor Knight is an internationally renowned researcher, having held a Chair in Pharmacology at UBC before becoming Associate Director of the James Hogg Research Centre—a centre specialising in translational heart and lung research.
Professor Knight researches asthma and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - diseases that affect more than ten per cent of Australians.
24 July 2013
Professor Liz Burd - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)
Technology enhanced learning, or toys for the boys?
What happens when there is equal access to technology in education? How does technology influence education and vice versa? How can people work together to harness technology for education?
Professor Liz Burd was recently appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching). She is a computer scientist with an international reputation in the field of education, and is particularly recognised for her pioneering research into technology enhanced education.
Professor Burd holds a Bachelor of Education (Hons), a Masters in Science (Human Interaction) and PhDs in Risk and Software Maintenance. She has researched in collaboration with IBM, Microsoft, British Telecommunication, BAe and Logica, and received many awards for her work, including a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2009.
28 August 2013
Professor Simon Dennis - Head of Psychology
The quantified self: harnessing smartphone technology to understand and augment human memory.
Why do we forget things? Professor Simon Dennis's goal is to eliminate forgetting and create technologies that can remember and retrieve information for us.
Professor Dennis was recently appointed Head of the School of Psychology. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computer Science and Mathematics, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a PhD in Computer Science and Psychology, all from the University of Queensland. Professor Dennis has significant research expertise in human memory and language processing.
His previous appointments were as Director of the Centre for Cognitive Science at Ohio State University and Research Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado. He has also held academic posts at the universities of Adelaide and Queensland.
30 October 2013
Professor Mario Minichiello - Lecturer, School of Design, Communication and IT
Explaining the world visually: what do we mean by visual language?
Professor Mario Minichiello says visual communication has the power to influence our behaviour, for good and for bad.
Mario Minichiello – Professor of Design in the School of Design, Communication and IT at the University of Newcastle – is internationally recognised for his politically provocative and intellectually disruptive work in visual communication design.
Professor Minichiello is also Director of the University's Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre. He joined the University of Newcastle after a long career as a practitioner, researcher, educator and academic advisor in the UK, the USA and Australia, working with Birmingham City University, Loughborough University, the BBC, The Guardian and British broadsheets.
27 November 2013
Professor David Perkins - Professor of Rural Health Research
Twenty-first Century rural health services: fit for purpose?
Professor David Perkins says existing health policy, education and services for rural Australians are based on an outdated model of care that is probably unaffordable. Outlining challenges and implications for health policy makers, service providers, educators and rural residents, Professor Perkins will argue for new service models that address today's rural health needs.
David Perkins is a Professor of Rural Health Research at the University's Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health in Orange. He has worked in health service and academic positions in the United Kingdom and Australia, focusing his research on mental health services in rural and remote settings.
Internationally published, Professor Perkins is also editor-in-chief of the Australian Journal of Rural Health and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Integrated Health Care.